|Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon)
|Date Taken: 2005-04-12|
|Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753|
|Exposure: f/3.0, 1/32 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-04-12 23:50|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|These are two photos I took of "Herman" today. Me and the girls went to Bonneville Dam to see if we could get a peek at the Sea Lions that have invaded the fish ladders and stopped by the Sturgeon Ponds and Fed the Rainbow Trout too. |
In 1998, the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, built the Sturgeon Viewing and Interpretive Center at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. Here you can view Herman, the sturgeon, and other smaller sturgeon through an underwater window while they feed and maneuver in a natural environment. Herman is the biggest of them all!
Herman is a white sturgeon. When Herman was first introduced to his new home, he was 9’ in length, 400 lbs. and 60 years old. The Columbia River is home to the white and green sturgeon, the white being more abundant and larger of the two species. The white sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish species in North America and can reach lengths of almost 20 feet, 1,000 pounds and may live well over 100 years.
For More about the White Sturgeon
Photo: No flash through the glass, I held the camera close to the window. Cropped, levels, resized, sharpened, framed, Opened "face" photo, resized, sharpened, framed, copied, pasted into bigger body photo.
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- [2005-04-13 8:38]
Fascinating...great note and I really like how you have shown us the two diffferent views of Herman. Very cool!
Different environment, not your everyday, average ,,bird on a twig,, image. Another interesting fact worth mentioning that Accipensineas (the sturgeons family) are very primitive forms of fish of the Mezozoic Era, living fossils with a skeleton and a leather armour with absolutelly no scales (called scutes) with five rows of bony bumps. They are a precursor of the Ice Age, up to around 200 million years ago, before dinosaurs in Mesozoic as order, while the surviving genus we have today is as old as 65 million years. Many of them tolerate living in both salt and fresh water life, living an anodromous life. They are also completelly toothless (therefore not dangerous to humans, regardles their enourmous sizes sometimes), pretty interesting ,huh ?
WOW! Lori this is a strange critter. Have not seen it before. 60 years old... ! WoW! It a great set of photos paying hoamge to old Herman so nicely. Great work. Superb post and write up.